INTERPRETATION

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Satan’s “tricks” include, but is not limited to, deception (fallacies), division (in-fights), and disillusionment (frustration). However, perhaps one of his biggest trick is called “interpretation”, which too many times is nothing more than opinions heavily influenced by personality quirks like a complex or a phobia. A complex is based on issues we develop by our positive or negative relationship with our parents. A phobia results from going through an intense experience producing a specific or social fear. In a specific phobia we focus on a particular object such as an animal, closed-in spaces, or people, etc. Performance anxiety, embarrassment, not being able to eat in public are examples of a social phobia.

The purpose of this discussion is to bring attention to a specific phobia that blinds readers of the Bible by justifying bias, bigotry, and hatred. It’s called xenophobia, which is defined as “fear of foreigners: an intense fear or dislike of foreign people, their customs and culture, or foreign things.” Phobias can become so crippling as to make members of the same race only trust their family. Worst yet is when trust for family members is obliterated and everyone is seen as a “foreigner”. Imagine being taught by a person afflicted with this fear; do you think that your perspective will be shaped to follow a God who is love (I Jhn. 4:8, 16)?

Jam. 3:15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.Also, “The LORD is far from the wicked: but He heareth the prayer of the righteous (Prv. 15:29).”

Who are the righteous? Those who learn to stop:

(1) being liars and deceivers (Rev. 21:7),

(2) being unrepentant (Act. 2:38),

(3) being antagonistic (Heb. 12:14),

(4) being followers of the blind (Mat. 15:14),

(5) being unstable (Jam. 1:6-8), and

(6) being rebellious (II Tim. 3).

God’s revelations are truly not to be cast to the swine (Mat. 7:6). When you’re righteous you “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Mat. 22:37-39). “He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now (I Jhn. 2:9).” Remember Jhn. 3:16? When Nicodemus came to Jesus he was told “for God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. A person whose self-worth is contingent on race will have a difficult challenge in thoroughly appreciating the universality of this widely-renown scripture.

Interpretation of God’s Word requires God’s Word! In other words, we gain true understanding of the Bible not only by reading it consecutively (or verse-to-verse), but also comparatively (or verse-with-verse). God doesn’t need our perspective – but we need His to “ know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jhn. 8:32). There are “teachers” who are hell-bent on ideologies which do not reflect love (Rom. 13:10). These blind leaders advocate a philosophy based on a faulty interpretation of God’s Word (Mat. 15:14). Why do we fall into the ditch with them?

In the Garden of Eden, Satan was able to convince the Woman to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of good and evil by stroking her Ego. That’s why when speaking of deceitful people the Bible says, “for there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue (Psa. 5:9).” When she convince Adam to rebel and eat the forbidden fruit, his nature/perspective became dualistic though initially it was unified with God only.

In Mat. 7 we are to 15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”

How are we to interpret this passage? In Gal. 5:19-23 the Apostle Paul states, “19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

From the above verses it’s clear that good trees are prophets/people that operate in the fruit of the Spirit. Corrupt trees (false prophets/people) are prone to the works of the flesh. The good tree tries to bring about spiritual unity, the adulterated (corrupted) tree endeavors to bring about rebellion! Understandably we must be wary of cults – a self-identified group of people who share a narrowly defined interest or perspective based on sensationalizing the Bible, and may even create their own “Good Book”.

II Pet. 1:16For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, ‘this is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased‘. 18And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

19We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Why are there so many different viewpoints for the same scripture? It may appear that viewpoints are endless, however we should recognize that reality exist on Four Planes: Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, and Spiritual! Your viewpoint of reality is based on the trusted plane that you are likely to focus on. Jesus teaches that only the Spiritual realm is eternal!“Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death (Mat. 8:51).” “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away (Mat. 24:35).” (There a plenty more corroborating scriptures!).

For an analogy envision H2O (Word) becoming an ice cube (physical plane) in a pan heated by fire (God’s grace), becoming liquid (emotional plane), steam (intellectual plane), and finally evaporated back to the heavens (spiritual plane). Again in Mat. 7:13 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it”.

That most people focus on the non-Spiritual, carnal planes is what’s inferred here; look at the passage in John 9:1. And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2And his disciples asked him, saying, “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?3Jesus answered, “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him”. Notice how the disciples saw a blind man (“ice”), displayed compassion (“water”) by inquiring about his condition (“steam”), and yet Jesus saw the works of God (“evaporation”) being manifested!

So, as we learn to “worship Him (focus) in Spirit (the nine fruits; the “…Word of God” – Eph. 6:17) and in Truth (the Bible, Psa. 119:160), the Holy Spirit will “bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” to guide us throughout our lives (Jhn. 4:24, 14:26). “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams (Joe. 2:28; Act. 2:17).”

Do you realize what this all means? The most righteous interpretation of prophesies, visions, and dreams will be done by those filled with the 9 fruits and is in line with the Bible! The bottom line is that we must look at every situation as an opportunity to glorify the Spirit of our Heavenly Father, “…the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever.” Amen, Amen, Amen.

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